The Israeli military said early this morning that its troops were raiding Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, a complex of buildings where thousands of people have sheltered and conditions for patients have grown increasingly grim as supplies have dwindled, New York Times reports.
Fighting has been raging nearby for days, and the hospital was struck at least four times over the weekend.
In a statement posted on social media, the Israel Defense Forces said it had launched “a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area in the Shifa Hospital.”
It remained unclear how many troops were involved in the assault or what their immediate objective was.
Israeli commanders say that Hamas fighters have built an underground operational hub and tunnels under the hospital.
They have accused Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, of using patients, doctors and hospital workers as human shields for command centers and safe houses. Hamas and hospital officials deny the accusations.